No. 51: ‘Tell Me’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
'Tell Me' was the first Jagger / Richards composition to be issued as the A-side of a Rolling Stones single. The song is only one of three originals hidden among the rocking blues covers that make up most of their debut LP. Because of that, 'Tell Me' stands out, unlike the record's raw blues, as a near perfect pop song.
The song is driven by acoustic guitar riding atop a 'Be My Baby'-inspired rhythm. Toss in a melancholy melody for the verse and one very catchy chorus and you have the band's first single to chart in the US, making it to No. 24. Somewhat forgotten over the years, the Dead Boys rescued 'Tell Me' by recording their own cover version in 1978.
Watch the Rolling Stones Perform 'Tell Me'